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Gillin's Beach, Koloa

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • This is like the Road to Hana, where getting there is the experience. We hiked 6 miles round trip on the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail from Shipwreck Beach, over the Makawehi Lithified Cliffs, around the....  more »
  • WOW, can't say enough about this gorgeous stretch of beach! Our group was fortunate to be able to stay at Gillin's Beach House and it couldn't have been a more perfect piece of paradise. The roads.....  more »
  • As long as you get there before 6pm and leave by 6pm, this beach should be accessible- the access crosses private land and it seems they close it at 6pm and will then tow you if you aren't out. However I just visited it, May 23rd, 2019 around 1pm and we had no problem getting to it. The review below is accurate though, you need to go the way she describes, and the road is extremely rocky and pot-holed for like 3/4 mile before you reach the parking area for the beach. You will be rewarded with a mostly empty beach :)
  • This is one of my favorite beaches on Kauai, secluded, not a lot of people visit it because it requires a drive along an unfinished dirt road full of pot holes. The way Google maps tells you to go is not accurate. You need to go past the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa golf course and turn left at the fork in the road. To the right takes you to CMJ Country Stables. To the left & access to Gillin Beach & Makauwahi Caves, you will have to hike down a dirt/sand path. The rocks can get slippery when wet & watch for twigs in the sand path. I suggest close toed shoes until you reach the beach & then switch shoes.

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